Improving quality assurance with Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma

Quality is everything

Your reputation, customer satisfaction, the value of your products, expansion opportunities and your attractiveness as an employer all depend on the quality of your product.

But let’s take a step back from the end product.

To get to a consistently high-quality product, you need to look at each part of the value chain in detail. By constantly seeking optimisations and process improvements while simultaneously eliminating defects and inefficiencies, manufacturers can achieve sustainable growth without compromising quality.

How is it done? With a combination of Quality Assurance, Lean manufacturing, and Six Sigma tools.

Quality Assurance

Think of Quality Assurance, often written QA, as your “must-have” resources and requirements to create a satisfactory product. Not to be confused with quality control (the mechanism used to eliminate defects), QA is the higher-order process you design to prevent mistakes.

Lean

Lean manufacturing principles focus on eliminating waste and adding value. As the name suggests, Lean is lean – meaning manufacturers are always looking for non-value-adding activities where there’s fat to trim or inefficiencies to optimise.

Six Sigma

These techniques are all about reducing defects – that is, suboptimal products that fail to meet expectations. Six Sigma (6σ) aims to eliminate defects by detecting process variations. 

Combining QA, Lean and Six Sigma

Did you catch the subtle differences in the definitions above? 

Each philosophy is unique – and they dovetail nicely together.

Rephrasing the definitions another way might help to clarify why these are symbiotic approaches to improve quality in manufacturing: 

We’ve discussed Lean manufacturing principles in earlier blogs. So let’s dive deeper into Six Sigma processes that complement Lean principles.

Six Sigma methodologies for Aussie manufacturers

Whereas Lean is the set of guiding principles for process improvement, Six Sigma refers to the methods that result in fewer variations and better products. 

The name refers to the statistical quality control principle that targets long-term defect levels below 3.4 defects per million opportunities (dpmo). 

It’s a complicated set of equations (which you can read on Wikipedia), but the vital thing to remember is the 3.4dpmo figure. “Opportunities” refers to individual defect opportunities, i.e. multiple types of defects or multiple defects of the same type.

Getting to 3.4dpmo – achieving “Six Sigma quality” – requires manufacturers to follow 1 of 2 methods, DMAIC or DMADV:

DMAIC method

DMADV method

Does Six Sigma work?

The short answer is yes. In the Australian manufacturing industry, leading-edge companies of all sizes use Six Sigma in combination with Lean principles and QA processes to address production challenges and ultimately yield greater ROI.

Jobman, an ERP designed for SME manufacturers, is a crucial component in this success. With Jobman, you have all the data and analysis capability you need at your fingertips. 

Data is a vital step in DMAIC and DMADV. If you’re not getting the information you need at the speed you need it, get in touch to find out how Jobman can help

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Lean Inventory Management Best Practices

Is inventory a wasted opportunity?

Lean principles focus on eliminating waste and promoting value-adding activities. In theory, this should mean Lean inventory management aims to reduce warehouse levels to zero.

 

But that’s not practical – or profitable. It also oversimplifies Lean principles, which divide activities into value-adding or non-value-adding.

 

Idle stock adds no value. But material moving through the production line efficiently, spending minimal time in storage and not hogging space that could be used to create a saleable product, falls into the value-adding category. 

So, we apply Lean principles in manufacturing inventory management to:

 

1.     Add value – First, figure out what the customer sees as valuable so you can focus on maximising that value in the following stages

2.     Create a flow – Streamline inventory management processes to eliminate idle time and get your product moving

3.     Pull on demand – Once the flow is in place, implementing a strategy to pull stock when a customer requires it (rather than push-based on a producer’s prerogative) follows naturally, optimising stock levels

4.     Be responsive – Flexibility comes when employees can focus on continuous improvement instead of resolving issues, and it means responding to demand, innovation, market changes and suppliers

5.     Perfect the process – Continue reducing cycle times, improving product quality, trimming fat and cutting costs; while your operation may never be perfect, the pursuit of perfection is motivation enough

 

These are the 5 principles of Lean inventory management in manufacturing, and they apply no matter the size or complexity of your organisation.

 

Ultimately, it’s about optimising how raw material moves through the pipeline to deliver the best quality product and yield maximum ROI. 

What are the characteristics of Lean inventory management?

You might have implemented some Lean inventory management optimisations already without realising. There is a litmus test for Lean.

 

If you have examined part of your supply chain and made adjustments that have these 4 attributes, then congratulations! You’re already on your way:

1.  Managing inventory in response to demand, which looks like supply-driven forecasting

2.  Reducing waste and unnecessary costs, usually by cutting idle time and rolling out better ordering protocols to avoid overstocking

3. Standardising processes as aa first step to enabling 

4. Collaboration across the business, so everyone is informed and working to the same targets

How to implement Lean inventory management in manufacturing

Getting the benefits of Lean, including cost reduction, product improvement and flexibility to innovate, demands a multi-pronged approach. You need to scrutinise each stage of the supply, storage and production chain to detect and eliminate non-value-adding activity.

Maintain good supplier relationships

Collaborating with your suppliers ensures you can streamline ordering without overpaying for essential materials.

Use an ERP system to track inventory (and everything else)

Jobman, an ERP software for manufacturers, includes a fit-for-purpose inventory management module. Our system provides all the data you need to make informed decisions, identify value-adding opportunities, and continuously improve inventory management.

Hold emergency stock

It might seem counter-intuitive, but holding small amounts of the most valuable stock allows you to survive in an emergency. For example, prolonged order delays or sudden demand spikes.

Why Australian manufacturers lean on Jobman

Our users rely on the data Jobman provides to trim costs and maximise profits. Jobman’s intuitive inventory control functions support Lean principles, while the full range of features brings your manufacturing business together into a single user-friendly interface.

 

Find out how Jobman can help you get Lean today.

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How To Transform Your Business With ERP Software

The future of manufacturing is here. Don’t let that scare you – instead, let’s work together to transform your business, so you stay competitive and agile.

 

To quickly recap our previous blog, these are the manufacturing industry trends emerging at home (and abroad):

If your business isn’t ready to embrace the changing world, you still have time to get your house in order. But not much, so let’s look at how a manufacturing ERP (enterprise resource planning) system like Jobman can fast-track business transformation.

Automated efficiency

One of the best ways to increase your profit margin is to increase productivity by removing double handling and automating tedious manual tasks.

An ERP system does just that. Jobman has productivity features specifically designed to free up time in manufacturing businesses while at the same time reducing human error.

 

From small, time-saving gains like automated invoice follow-up and quicker quotes, to inventory control assistance, an intelligent ERP is an essential step in unlocking productivity across the value chain.

Enabling business agility

Adapting to changes in the market as they happen is a sure-fire way to stand out from the competition. For manufacturers, an ERP provides agility on two fronts:

 

  1. Identifying opportunities to reallocate underdelivering resources, freeing up time to focus on innovation.
  2. Uncoupling from rigid legacy systems with an all-in-one job management platform that flexes and scales with your business.
 

It works like this: first, real-time data helps you to identify value-adding opportunities. Second, the modular system (and support from Jobman’s local team) means you can add or remove functionality as your business changes.

 

In fact, nearly 70% of ERP customers chose to upgrade or re-implement their existing ERPs or shift away from old legacy systems, proof that modular systems are the preferred path to growth.

Better customer relationships

Customers are the cornerstone of any business. Here in Australia, customer relationships are often forged over a long time, and loyalty means a lot.

 

So it pays to keep your customers happy. Our integrated CRM system enables mutually beneficial relationships by:

Focusing on customers, and creating a more agile sales funnel, is a proven way to increase profits

Smarter business decisions

Without reliable data, it’s impossible to make an informed strategic decision. This is where an ERP system provides immediate benefits by bringing together real-time data from across the organisation.

With all that information at your fingertips, you can deep-dive into the data or zoom out for an all-encompassing picture of performance. 

Jobman is the ERP transforming Australian manufacturing

We’re ready for the next era of manufacturing – are you? Business transformation happens on many fronts, from process optimisation to supplier relationships, customer interactions to investing in new equipment and software.

 

With Jobman as your manufacturing transformation partner, your business will be ready for whatever comes your way. Explore the full range of features or get in touch for a demo.

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How Mature is Your Supply Chain?

Supply chain maturity is an exciting – and constantly evolving – way of assessing the links that keep a manufacturing business moving forward. Applying a maturity model helps you analyse, optimise, and revolutionise each link in the supply chain.

 

The result is a streamlined operation with less waste and better productivity. But before we get there, let’s get a fix on the idea of “maturity” in your supply chain.

What is supply chain maturity?

Supply chain maturity is the idea that better performance throughout the chain leads to better financial performance. Of course, supply chain management is never quite that simple.

 

Applying a maturity model allows you to assess your own supply chain step-by-step, to determine (and fix) the shortfalls. The goal is a resilient, optimised and automated supply logistics chain. Mature logistics processes have:

Start to finish, mature supply chains make it easier for manufacturers to deliver a consistently high-quality product, with resources left over to innovate. 

The supply chain maturity model in 5 steps

There are lots of supply chain maturity models out there. So many, in fact, that we couldn’t find an agreed definition for supply chain maturity.

So we chose the one most applicable for the Australian manufacturing industry.

 

This model has 5 levels, from the most basic (ad-hoc) to a dynamic (optimised) system that fosters profitable innovations.

Level 1: Ad Hoc

Logistics processes are undocumented and often chaotic. The supply chain requires a lot of oversight.

Level 2: Repeatable

Supply chain processes are (in part) repeatable at this level; however, there is no strict protocol and often no process owner.

Level 3: Controlled

We’re starting to standardise and document logistics processes. In this phase, manufacturers can lift their heads and look for improvements.

Level 4: Managed

Business goals, customer needs, process methods, and real-time metrics come together to support a managed, mature supply chain.

Level 5: Optimised

The supply chain more or less takes care of itself thanks to automation and data-driven intelligence. As a result, resources are freed up for innovation.

Assessing and improving supply chain maturity

Now let’s overlay the maturity model with 5 key result areas (KRAs) common to every Australian manufacturing business:

 

1. Planning

2. Sourcing

3. Manufacturing

4. Delivery

5. Return

 

Assessing your supply chain maturity means quantifying each stage against the model above.

 

First, look at the component parts to identify weak links in the supply chain. By taking steps like implementing Lean principles and Quality Assurance processes, you can strengthen individual stages in the logistics process.

 

Next, consider the overall picture. How do each of the 5 stages come together, assessed against the maturity model, to create a consistently high-performing supply chain?

 

If you can’t get a clear picture of your supply chain, you might need help from an ERP system like Jobman. Specifically designed to support growing manufacturing businesses, Jobman provides the data and automation capabilities your business needs to grow sustainably.

 

We help you think big, zoom in on the details and discover optimisation opportunities at every stage of the supply chain. Discover the features that help Australian manufacturers assess and optimise their supply chain maturity by clicking here.

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Are You Prepared For The Future of Manufacturing?

Get smart and get sorted for the next evolution of manufacturing trends

Manufacturing is unfairly labelled as a slow-moving industry. In reality, the opposite is true: a globally connected economy is driving change at an incredible pace.

On the factory floor, and right across the production cycle, Australia’s manufacturing industry is not just preparing for change. We’re already experiencing it.

 

So, what does the future hold for manufacturing? And what should you be doing now to prepare for tomorrow’s clever, customised, connected world?

Manufacturing trends forming at home and abroad

Last year the Federal Government announced $1.3 billion to help our manufacturing industry scale-up, compete globally, and create more resilience in the supply chain. Called the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI), the funding came after the sector stagnated.

Meanwhile, CSIRO Futures, working with the government and industry, laid down a roadmap for manufacturers to seize the upcoming opportunities.

 

Here are the trends they identified.

Big data (and small data)

Industry 4.0 will see nanotechnology, automation and data permeate every part of the manufacturing industry. You might think the technology revolution is a way off, but it’s already here:

The MMI will boost investment in science and technology. But manufacturers need to pull their weight too, investing in training and education, smart systems, software and continuous improvement.

Sustainability and climate change

Climate change is disrupting the value chain more every year. Whether it’s raw materials (including water and energy) becoming harder to source, or rising calls for our industry to adopt low-carbon production methods, sustainability is now a consideration for every company.

 

CSIRO Futures and the ABC predict that customer demand for sustainably made products will keep climbing. For manufacturers, this means adopting low-emissions methods and earning sustainability credentials that prove a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Customisation

Niche markets are popping up all over the place. Why? Because customers are looking for personalised products at affordable prices. Made-to-order is the new standard in a world where everything from running shoes to steel for submarine hulls can be customised to meet specific demands.

 

Innovations in areas like 3D printing and downstream processing capabilities enable this kind of personalisation at scale. At the same time, manufacturers who pivot from delivering products to creating solutions can capture more of the market.

 

This requires a mindset shift and data-driven insight to capitalise on market opportunities. But when you think beyond producing widgets to packaged solutions, customers respond well.

 

Revisit our blog on value-added activities for more on this topic.

Global market outlook

Australia might have closed the borders to combat COVID-19, but we’re still part of a globalised economy. In fact, we’re so connected with international markets that CSIRO says our traditional disadvantages – remoteness, high labour costs, relatively small and conservative market – are no longer barriers to success.

 

Embrace the global economy. By expanding your horizons beyond our borders, you can find customers in an enormous market hungry for our high standards. 

How Jobman helps you prepare for the future

Jobman is a browser-based ERP system for Australian manufacturers. With all the data you need to make strategic decisions available at your fingertips, from anywhere in the world, Jobman provides the answers to questions you’re not even asking yet.

 

Our team can help you integrate an ERP system with a future focus. Get in touch to find out more about our tailored packages or discover all the features on our website.

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6 Benefits of ERP for Accounting & Financial Management

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software has benefits up and down your business and all the way across the value chain.

But what about the back office?

 

Accounting is one of the essential functions that, like sales and marketing, take your business from surviving to thriving.

 

Jobman, an ERP system made for the manufacturing industry, integrates with leading accounting software to free up time. The benefits are amortised acutely and over time, with a measurable impact on your business’ bottom line and employee satisfaction.

1. Easy, detailed reporting

Standalone accounting software is fine for basic reporting—balance sheets, income statements, supplier costs. But with an integrated ERP, you can use richer data to forecast cash flow, find productivity opportunities, cut unnecessary costs, identify which products bring in the most profit…the list goes on.

 

Your ERP system provides rich data. The accounting software coughs up financial figures. Together, the possibilities for an ambitious Accounts team are manifold, and financial reporting is so simple.

2. Advanced automation

Connecting your accounting software to an ERP system streamlines a lot of manual processes, like:

Automating tedious accounting tasks frees up several hours every month. With Jobman and Xero, the data flows back and forth automatically so you can track financial transactions more efficiently.

3. Delete duplicate data entry

Maintaining separate systems, even if they are easy to use, involves some level of data re-entry. Whether that means exporting reports from one system to upload into another or copying each record across individually, the double handling is (let’s face it) a waste of time.

 

Integrating ERP and accounting removes the need for double data entry. Not only will that cut wasted hours, but it also reduces the risk of stuff-ups in the process.

4. Eliminate errors

Manual data entry is rife with potential for errors:

An ERP system reduces these errors by automating many of the manual entry tasks. Plus, you can see who made changes, lock permissions, and access detailed transaction records. 

5. Keep calm and take control

Control across your business is precisely what Jobman, a manufacturing ERP, is made for. So it makes sense that Jobman gives back control of the financial aspects as well.

As well as reducing the workload, an ERP with integrated accounting gives you control to direct the business towards the best opportunities.

6. Total transparency

Accurate, reliable data when you need it. That’s the dream, right? Having access to important data enables the kind of agile decision making that moves your business forward.

 

Of course, you want to control who has access to what data. Jobman has a solution to control access on the account level so you can give employees access to everything they need without worrying that something will go wrong.

 

Jobman and Xero: integrated, with great results

What do you get when you cross an ERP system made for Australian manufacturers with the leading accounting software for SMEs? An end-to-end solution to balance your business, more than just your books.

 

Integrating Jobman and Xero provides businesses using our solution with a complete business management suite. Benefit from centralised data, accessible from anywhere, with highly customisable features that flex and grow your business.

 

Find out more about Jobman and Xero on our website. 

 

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Which Inventory Control Method Is Right For You?

If the phrase “inventory control” dredges up bad memories, you’re not alone. Also called stock control, balancing your business’ inventory levels is vital for keeping costs in check. 

Why inventory control matters for an Aussie manufacturing business

Some manufacturers think inventory control is overrated. Our guess? If you’re reading this, you’re one of the clever ones who know the value of a stock control system.

 

There’s an art to inventory control. But there’s also a science to solving the stock problem. That’s what we’re diving into in this blog. 

Let’s take stock: quick-fire questions on inventory control

Are inventory management and inventory control the same thing?

Inventory control and inventory management are separate but closely related. Inventory management involves more moving parts – purchasing, production forecasts, waste material and sales figures, to name a few.

What are the 4 types of inventory?

1. Raw materials (RM) 

2. Work in progress (WIP)

3. Finished goods (FG)

4. Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)

What are the costs associated with poor inventory control?

Holding Costs:

Storage space is valuable. Taking up too much of it with overstocked material restricts usable space, plus risks spoilage or obsolescence. 

 

Shortage Costs:

Understocking material or products means you risk running out. From idle employees to missed deadlines, the consequences aren’t pretty.

Popular inventory control methods in Aussie manufacturing

Just-in-time (JIT)

As the name suggests, JIT inventory control involves warehousing just enough of something so stock levels are depleted just in time for the next shipment. This can be great for identifying low-demand stock. But miscalculations or disrupted deliveries can leave you high and dry at the wrong time.

 

We all remember the COVID-19 toilet paper panic, right?

ABC inventory control

More a classification method than pure inventory control, ABC puts stock and materials into 3 categories:

Fixed quantity

A no-stress way to ensure you always have essential materials on hand is to trigger an order automatically when stock dwindles to a predetermined level. This is fixed quantity inventory control, and an ERP system for manufacturers like Jobman can handle the details. 

Minimum/maximum stock levels

Like fixed quantity, min/max inventory control triggers an order for the maximum stock you can store when warehoused material hits the minimum acceptable limit. Some manufacturers think min/max is risky because you might be waiting on material. But Jobman’s forecasting and inventory management tools alleviate these risks.  

Two-bin system

Bin 1 holds most of the stock you need to fulfil orders. When that runs out, bin 2 has your back until new stock arrives to fill the first bin. That’s the two-bin system in a nutshell. It can be hairy when you get near the bottom of bin 2, but the two-bin system is a simple way to visualise inventory requirements.

Three-bin system

Take the two-bin system and add another bin at your supplier’s location. Bin 3 replaces bin 2 when empty, while the supplier produces material to refill bin 2. The three-bin method is based on Kanban methodology. While closely associated with JIT, three-bin stock control is surprisingly effective when you maintain good supplier relationships.

A final word on inventory control

Manufacturers who implement a stock control system effectively see benefits across the business. From increased storage space to less wasted material, lower material cost to bandwidth for innovation, stock control is a crucial piece of the manufacturing puzzle.

 

Find out how Jobman, an ERP system made for manufacturers, can take the stress out of stock management.

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Continuous Improvement: 5 Benefits For Your Manufacturing Business

Continuous improvement sounds like a no-brainer. Whether we’re talking about footy training, your kids’ maths homework, or your business, constantly getting a little bit better is a good goal.

 

So, what does it mean for Aussie manufacturers?

 

Continuous improvement is an area of Lean management that looks at processes, systems and assets which can be incrementally improved.

The job of continuous improvement is never finished. 

 

Whether you’re a big business, SME or start-up, it’s essential not to rest on your heels.

But while the goalposts move every time you reach a target, the benefits keep building.

 

And here’s the good news: with an ERP system made for manufacturing, designing and implementing a continuous improvement program becomes significantly easier.

1. Increased workforce engagement

Around 22% of manufacturing industry employees in Australia are unsatisfied in their job. While another 52% reported being “satisfied”, only a quarter could say they were very satisfied at work.

 

That was pre-pandemic. Now, as the AFR reports, workers value culture, job security and the big one, flexibility.

 

Continuous improvement programs address these issues by:

2. Reduced staff turnover

Survey after survey lands at the same conclusion that workers who are more productive and feel supported in their roles will be less likely to quit.

A continuous improvement program enables productivity and flexibility that keeps people motivated and happy.

 

Let’s look at a hypothetical. A forklift driver notices a chronic problem in the warehouse. Too much low-value material is hogging valuable storage space. Rather than getting fed up, she takes her concern to management, who listens to her suggestions for a better ordering system.

 

Soon, the ordering problem is solved with an agile approach, and the forklift driver is satisfied. Management acknowledges her contributions, and everyone is happy.

3. More competitive products and services

Continuous improvement is a great way to innovate incrementally. In line with Lean methodology, implementing a continuous improvement program ensures every level of the business is on the lookout for those small and medium wins that add up to huge gains:

4. Improved customer service

As well as making manufacturers more competitive, continuous improvement – and an ERP like Jobman – enables better customer interactions.

We discussed the Lean concept of value-added vs non-value-added activities in an earlier blog. 

 

A continuous improvement program is an always-on approach to seeking out value-adding opportunities and spotting waste in the production process.

 

Knowing your customer means better customer relationships. Better relationships boost sales.

 

With Jobman’s CRM features and a continuous improvement program, your customers are sure to see value in what you do. 

5. Build a proactive learning culture

The final benefit brings it all together. Because continuous improvement isn’t just a one-off, your customers need to see a steady increase in value over time.

 

By applying continuous improvement, you’re challenging your sales and service teams to listen more closely to customer feedback. That feedback is translated into a value-adding opportunity, the customer receives better service, rinse and repeat, and your business flourishes.

Jobman: an ERP for continuous improvement

Jobman provides all the data, insight and analytics you need to recognise the improvement potential in your business. Right across the production process, Jobman has features designed to improve manufacturing methods.

 

Discover the benefits of an all-in-one ERP system today and improve your business tomorrow.

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The 5 Layers of Automation For Manufacturing

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “automation in manufacturing”? Some people picture robot arms replacing dangerous or repetitive human tasks. Others think of software connecting all the shop floor machinery. 

 

Or maybe your mind goes to an ERP solution like Jobman that plays a crucial role in managing all the moving parts of your business?

 

Automation in manufacturing is all of that and more.

 

Automation could be the key to growing domestic productivity by 50% to 150% by 2030. And it’s already here.

 

Technology already touches every part of your business. From the smallest sensor to top-level management decisions, linking those layers can increase productivity and profits while protecting workers.

 

That’s where the 5-layer automation pyramid comes into play.

What is the automation pyramid?

Manufacturing is a complex business. The 5-layer automation pyramid is a handy visual guide to understanding how the technology operating at every level of your business work together for wide-ranging benefits. 

 

The 5 layers, from top to bottom, are:

Let’s build the pyramid by looking at each layer in detail. Fair warning, there are a lot of acronyms in this blog!

Layer 5: Automation on the shop floor (the field level)

Automation in manufacturing starts with the machinery itself. Think about all those moving parts that respond to inputs and perform a relatively simple function:

These devices communicate with the next level up through communication protocols, which allow the control level to interpret what the devices ‘see’ and make decisions. 

Layer 4: The control level

The control level:

A sensor ‘sees’ when something is wrong with the material in your production line. But it’s the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) that decides what action to take. This process often involves a Proportional Integral Derivative (PID), a computational feedback loop looking for errors based on an ideal set value.

Layer 3: Human-machine interaction (The Supervisory Level)

Here is where you’ll encounter SCADA systems, or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. SCADA stores high volumes of data from the control level and turns the information into a graphical interface so a human can make decisions – or understand the decisions SCADA is making.

 

Scale the control level up to multiple machines and several sites, and you get the idea of SCADA. You probably interact with a similar system every day:

LAYER 2: Planning

 Sitting over all those SCADA smarts is a planning level. In manufacturing, this layer looks at your entire production line from raw material input to finished product. Often called a Management Execution System (MES). 

The Planning Layer allows management to make decisions based on actual production data.

 

But is that enough to run a competitive business? All that data is great; however, without an ERP system like Jobman working for you, it’s hard to make truly informed decisions.

Layer 1: Management and ERP

At the top of the manufacturing automation pyramid is your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

 

ERP software integrates across your entire business. From the shop floor to finance, quotes and invoices to real-time job tracking, a made-for-manufacturing ERP utilises all the layers below and brings in data from other sources.

 

ERPs provide transparency across the manufacturing lifecycle. They enable management decisions and sales activity. They track your business from the ground up, with benefits for productivity, profits and customer relationships.

Automation in Australian manufacturing: Are we missing an opportunity?

McKinsey & Company recently estimated that automation could put between $4,000 and $15,000 more in the average Aussie’s pocket.

 

Protecting local businesses, upskilling our workforce and rekindling the Australian economy means embracing automation in manufacturing. The good news is it’s easier than you might think.

 

Contact the Jobman team to see how our manufacturing ERP integrates with your operation to deliver productivity and business growth

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4 Ways an ERP System Gives You a Competitive Advantage

Every operational change should propel your business forward. Whether that’s shorter production timelines, less waste, more productivity, smoother operation – or all of the above.

 

When manufacturers consider implementing Jobman, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for the cabinetmaking industry, they always ask how it will give them an edge over the competition. It’s a smart question.

 

Let’s look at the 4 ways an ERP system provides a competitive edge in a rapidly maturing market.

1. Make better decisions with accurate data

Real-time data is arguably management’s most valuable tool. If your business is still making strategic decisions based on gut feeling, it’s time to consider how an ERP can better inform decision-makers.

Comprehensive customer data

ERPs help you understand your customers better. A clever Customer Relationship Management (CRM) module allows you to identify pain points, upsell and cross-sell, anticipate service needs and develop mutually beneficial relationships.

Operational insight

From supplier quotes to inventory management, job tracking and timesheet tools, an ERP provides up-to-date data for every part of your operation.

With Jobman, you can access all this data from a web browser anywhere and make strategic decisions more confidently.

2. Streamline your operation

The market is more competitive than ever. Last year’s National Joinery Industry Report noted the spiking popularity of flat pack cabinets, driven by the ease of online ordering.

 

But in the same report, 73.7% of consumers said quality is the most important factor, over cost (16.7%) and production speed (9.6%).

How do you optimise your business to meet this new wave of digital demand?

 

ERP systems enable you to follow a Lean approach. Data from every layer of your business comes together in a digestible digital format, so you can spot opportunities to eliminate waste and add value.

 

Cutting waste and investing in value-add opportunities is the way to stay competitive while other companies bury their heads in the sand.  

3. Prepare for anything

It’s hard to predict where the manufacturing industry will go next. Industry 4.0 is already here in many ways, with automation used across the entire value chain.

 

So how do you ensure your business remains agile in the face of constant change?

What it means for manufacturers to be agile

An ERP system enables this agility to help you prepare for what’s coming. By freeing up resources across the business, you can test new processes, invest in growth opportunities, and reduce labour costs. 

4. Breaking down siloes at work

They say, “many hands make light work”. Anyone who has worked in cabinetmaking, from the shop floor to payroll to driving the delivery vehicle, knows it’s true.

How an ERP helps manufacturing businesses from the inside

Removing siloes is only possible when everyone is on the same page. An ERP system brings the company together by centralising data and linking disparate systems together:

How Jobman gives you a competitive advantage

Jobman is an ERP solution designed for the cabinetmaking and manufacturing industry. The flexible system integrates with your entire operation to help you manage the entire manufacturing lifecycle.

 

See how our customers are using Jobman to get an edge over the competition.

 

If you’re wondering how your competition is gaining ground and moving in on your customers, then give us a call to get started with Jobman.

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